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Old 07-27-2006, 02:56 PM   #1
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Question Only sometimes I'm hypo??

I have found a doctor that looks at my symptoms and free T3 and free T4 levels...the problem is that my blood tests only sometimes show hypothyroidism!

I have had two thyroid tests (before going on thyroid medication). The first one my free T3 levels were below normal ranges. The second one, all tests including the free T3 levels were within normal range??!!

A lot of my problems are that my body is not getting the correct signals from my brain (I think) am I only hypo sometimes?? If so, should I be on thyroid meds anyway?

I have only been on Armour for 2 weeks, and my dr. wants me to continue with it. I will increase my dose by 1 pill every two weeks, not to exceed 4 pills a day.

I am very nervous because my tests are not really pointing to hypo T anymore and i really don't want to take medication if i don't need to. Plus, can taking thyroid medication if your not really hypo mess up your thyroid? I am not going back to my dr. for 2 months, so how do I know if I am taking too much Armour?

Here are my tests...

First test:
Free T4: 1.0 range 0.8 - 1.8
Free T3: 208 range 230 - 420
TSH: .76 range 0.4 - 5.50

Second test: (same ranges - used same lab)
Free T4: 1.0
Free T3: 309
TSH: 1.39

**The two thyroid tests were over a year apart.

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Old 07-27-2006, 05:36 PM   #2
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Re: Only sometimes I'm hypo??

I think you're very lucky to have an MD willing to treat you. You really should thank your lucky stars. Thyroid test interpretation is nowhere near a black and white proposition. The particular "shades of gray" in your tests show you are and were hypothyroid, IMO. Your free Ts are both well at the bottom of their ranges, meaning you likely will benefit from supplemental hormone.

Work with your MD... trust him. I think he knows what he's doing. If it turns out you later don't need the hormone anymore - which is possible but unlikely - you can simply discontinue it and your own gland might pick up where it left off; however, if autoantibodies are the reason for your low thyroid, they might go right on damaging the gland tissue and it won't be able to carry on as it did before treatment. No way to predict that.

FWIW though, I think you need it. Good luck.

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